Which Meditation Should I Do?
Choice is great when it opens up our world and brings us a sense of agency and freedom.
And… at times it can feel paralysing when we’re unsure which option – of the many – to choose. In meditation, I’ve certainly had the experience of dithering for so long about which recording to listen to that I lose the motivation completely (or the time slot), and end up not practising at all.
With time as our practice develops, we gain more confidence in knowing which practice will best meet our needs on any given day. And we might not always need to listen to a recording.
But then there are those times we just don’t feel sure what would be most supportive. Here’s a menu of meditations for those moments.
These are the same meditations I’ve shared on my main page, but organised by how you’re feeling, instead of by meditation type.
It’s not an absolute ‘prescription’ to be rigidly followed, but a few ideas to help get you unstuck.
BEFORE LISTENING to these recordings, please read the guidance note at the bottom of this page (or at the top of the main meditations page).
WHEN FEELING SCATTERED OR STUCK IN ‘BUSY MIND’
5-Minute Breathing Space – slightly longer than a standard breathing space, a short meditation to help re-establish mindful awareness.
Breathing With The Body (16 mins, Recorded Live) – finding a grounded presence through embodied awareness of the breath.
IF YOU’RE FEELING OVERWHELMED OR FRAZZLED
Basic Breathing Meditation (16 mins) – a short practice for bringing mindful awareness to the breath.
Support Your Self (6 mins) – a short meditation to bring self-kindness into your day.
FOR DEVELOPING GREATER AWARENESS
Opening To All Of Your Experience (Recorded Live, 19 mins) – a gentle practice of ‘befriending’ – opening more fully to all the various aspects of our experience: the pleasant, the neutral and the unpleasant. Welcoming these in on our own terms can be empowering and help develop a broad, calm and stable awareness.
Broad Awareness of the Body (20 mins) – A body awareness practice to explore the range of sensations we experience and move towards holding both the unpleasant and the pleasant in a broad, steady awareness.
IF YOU’RE FEELING TENSE
Calming Body, Heart & Mind (Recorded Live, 14mins) – a practice to bring kindness to difficult experience, drawn from the approach developed by Kristin Neff and Chris Germer – see their websites for more meditations.
Supported By The Earth (Recorded Live, 20 mins) – A grounding practice to encourage mindful relaxation. Guidance is given for lying down, so please adapt as necessary if you are seated. (Excuse the audio quality, I think I was lying a bit close to the mic!)
WHEN YOU’RE SHORT ON TIME
Body Check-In (5 mins) – reconnect with embodied awareness.
5-Sense Check-In (5 mins) – drop into Being in the body.
Finding The Positive (5 mins) – taking in what feels good about the present moment.
You can find additional recordings on the Meditations page, organised in the following categories: Self-Kindness, Mindfulness With Breathing, Body Awareness and Short Meditations.
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IMPORTANT GUIDANCE NOTE: These practices are devised to support stress reduction, but are not intended to address debilitating mental health conditions or severe emotional distress. Do not listen to these recordings when driving, or when concentration on another task is important for safety. I don’t recommend listening to meditations using headphones, unless they are designed for that purpose – which these are not. For more info about suitability, see the About page.